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Justine Frischmann
THEN: As lead singer of Elastica, she embodied Britpop at its most punk-rock and released the fastest-selling debut album in British history. Prior to forming Elastica, she co-founded Suede with then-boyfriend Brett Anderson but left Anderson for Blur's Damon Albarn in 1991. Her romance with Albarn helped spark Blur's early rivalry with Suede; her breakup with Albarn inspired many heartrending songs on Blur's 1999 opus 13.
NOW: After Elastica's breakup in 2001, Frischmann has lived a renaissance life. She moved in with M.I.A. and helped write songs for Arular. She co-hosted a series about architecture called Dreamspaces for the BBC and was a judge from the 2003 RIBA Stirling Prize For Architecture. She moved to Boulder, Colorado in 2005 to study visual arts at the Buddhist liberal arts college Naropa University and began showing her paintings. In 2008, she married Ian Faloona, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of California-Davis. In 2012, her paintings were shortlisted for the UK's Marmite Prize. She and Faloona live in the Bay Area.

Britpop luminaries such as Damon Albarn, Noel and Liam Gallagher, and Jarvis Cocker have been in the public eye a lot in recent years, either for reuniting their classic bands or pursuing new projects or both. But what about all the Britpop stars who aren’t consistently making headlines anymore in the States? What have those people been up to lately? It’s Britpop Week so let’s explore.

Comments (18)
  1. I bet michael_ will enjoy this article!

  2. This is great & really digging these flashbacks…so many memories immediately like recollecting Elastica’s truly fantastic album, the obvious missing of anything Ashcroft related, Charlatons (UK), James….I mean, God, I love you, James. How much do I miss the night I saw you supporting the album Laid and songs from Seven in front of 500 people. Have no idea why they didn’t rise to a grander scale here. Their early 90′s run could almost be transported to today and not skip a beat.

  3. Not mentioning Shaun Ryder adding vocals to “Dare” by Gorillaz when a Black Grape reunion gig is included? Weird.

  4. the verve, to me, was the greatest thing to come out of britpop among so many other great acts. i was completely thrilled about the reunion in 2007 – even if forth is undoubtedly their worst album, they still sounded amazing during that string of reunion shows.

    i still can’t help but feel sad about richard ashcroft’s solo career. his contribution to “the test” by the chemical brothers should fit somewhere in the best things he’s ever done. his first album was a total classic, to me anyway. but that’s about it. i still love listening to urban hyms and cranking “the rolling people” – that song alone cements the verve’s status in the history of britpop.

    • I agree…although I think his solo stuff started to border on contemporary adult alternative and I mean that with great respect. But, when you face it off against Northern Soul and then the tail end of Urban Hymns, you can sense a change in the wrong direction which saddened me. Think it was right around ‘Alone with Everybody’ (great album, mind you) where the dream began to wind down. It was sorta taking on a David Gilmour type solo transition vibe which kinda freaked me out. Oddly enough, I took great liking to both their solo endeavors.

      • yes, alone with everybody was really pretty great, and it’s not unworthy of verve-related projects. and i’m with you on the output after that. even forth seemed like two distinct projects that never really gelled: ashcroft falling back on whatever skills he got from his solo career guiding him through the songwriting process, and the rest of the guys either too timid to contribute or nothing left to do but attempt to jam together.

        i tend to think, though, that ashcroft’s singing lifts even the shittiest of the shit (united nations of sound). although i’ve been sad to hear about every verve breakup through the years, i wasn’t too terribly upset knowing he’d be alright. all solo albums after alone with everybody weren’t really that great, but they’re still highly listenable because of ashcroft’s voice. to me, some of the worst lyrics that he’s ever written aren’t as horrible if he’s singing them.

  5. I had a Black Grape poster in college. True story!

  6. Lush was such a great band.

  7. I used to listen to Lauren Laverne’s XFM radio program every day about 10 years ago. Their drivetime broadcast was my morning show, so it worked out well. Her guest spot on Mint Royale’s “Don’t Falter” is pretty much how Summer sounds.

  8. Makes me a bit sad to see Ashcroft here. One of the best space rock bands (A Storm in Heaven) to one of the best brit-pop bands. I don’t even mind his solo stuff, but the United Nations of Sound was beyond awful.

    And Tim Burgess! The Charlatans were/are one of the best British bands around, the unsung heroes that have an incredible discography, probably the most diverse out of all of their brit-pop contemporaries. Great autobiography too, plus Tim does stuff like Tim Peaks and has his own coffee.

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  10. I remember going to tower records and looking at the Face and seeing either blur or Oasis on the cover and always thinking to myself how cool british people were. Now that Im older and realize that a lot of brits have whiny ass bitch syndrome and can make gwyneth paltrow cry. Still, 1994 oasis blur and radiohead still are fucking cool.

  11. mmm … Moose. One of my favorite 90:s british band.

  12. happy mondays were never brit-pop

  13. British band I miss. Catherine Wheel.

  14. huh, I always think of Lush as a shoegaze band

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